Repair work to damaged rail line finished
14 June 2006, BRUSSELS — The second track of the Brussels-Denderleeuw railway re-opened at about 1pm on Wednesday after electrical storms delayed repair work on Tuesday night.
14 June 2006
BRUSSELS — The second track of the Brussels-Denderleeuw railway re-opened at about 1pm on Wednesday after electrical storms delayed repair work on Tuesday night.
Repair work was interrupted several times throughout the night as regular lightning flashes placed the safety of workers at threat.
The work was meant to be finished by 6am, but the electrical storm delayed the repairs until 1pm, news agency Belga reported.
Between 1pm and 3pm, trains travelled in the area of the repair work slower than normal to test the infrastructure, but started travelling at normal speeds from 3pm.
Until the second track was repaired, rail traffic from the coast via Ghent and Denderleeuw to Brussels travelled via the track that was re-opened at 4am on Tuesday.
Delays of up to five minutes were being reported in the Belgian capital. The coast-bound trains were diverted via Jette and Ternat and encountered a 10 to 15-minute delay.
Overhead cabling on the Brussels-Denderleeuw line broke on Monday, probably due to the heat. Three trains with 1,400 passengers came to a standstill.
The fault led to train delays on Monday night and throughout Tuesday, extending into Wednesday.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news